A new family (Acts 8:26-40)Chris Mawson, 25 January, 2015
Part of the Summer 2015: Families series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In the final week of a series on families, Chris Mawson takes us through the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch from Acts 8:26-40. Bible stories are important to our understanding of God, our faith, ourselves, and our world. They portray real flesh and blood human beings struggling with their history, fallibility and sinfulness, and struggling for their survival and a future for their children. We also see fragile and broken people stepping up to do what is right. Through this we glimpse God’s grace and healing as he silently touches their wounds and learn something of God’s ways of working in broken places. unfortunately recording cut out after 8 minutes, however there is still enlightenment in what what was recorded.
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26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. (ESV)